3/16/13, "When Ed Martin won the race for MOGOP chairman (in Jan. 2013), the establishment was stunned and horrified."
8/6/14, "Why I’m Moving To Censure Henry Barbour In The RNC Over Race-Baiting Ads," Ed Martin, Chairman of Missouri GOP, Daily Caller
8/7/14, "RNC Refuses to Censure Henry Barbour," Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator
2013 GOP Establishment emotional breakdown in the person of former Sen. John Danforth observed by Missouri blogger. “When Danforth took office in 1977, there were 143 Republicans in the House and 38 in the Senate." Republicans were just decoration in Danforth's day.
3/16/2013, "Here’s Why John Danforth’s Attack On Ed Martin Is So Bad for the GOP," Ed Hennessy's View
"When Ed Martin won the race for MOGOP chairman (in Jan. 2013), the establishment was stunned and horrified. Martin appeals to conservative and libertarian grassroots activists, not the smoky room king makers that (former Senator John) Danforth favors.
I think the Establishment believed they could intimidate Martin by threatening to cut off donations to the MOGOP and to Republican candidates who won’t do their bidding.
With Martin continuing to display his populist independent streak, the Establishment called out their version of Mr. Potter to play bad cop, keeping the others’ noses clean.
This Could All End In Disaster for Missouri Republicans.Danforth and his cronies are playing with fire. In November 2012, 90,000 votes were cast for Libertarian candidates in Missouri. Most of those votes came at the expense of Republican votes.
If the grassroots–and especially young voters–get the feeling that the GOP is a private club for the rich, they’ll flee to the Libertarian Party in 2014. And if the RNC installs rules meant to block non-Establishment presidential candidates at their April meeting in Los Angeles, 2016 could be the Republican Party’s last national election....
Isn’t it sad that Danforth’s vitriolic email to wealthy Republican donors accused Martin of doing exactly what Danforth and his scurvy spiders have been doing for years: deciding who may and may not call themselves Republicans.
In 2005, Danforth all but called for the expulsion of Christian conservatives from the GOP’s ranks. And he did so in that Republican of Republican rags, the New York Times.
Isn’t it sad that a man whose tent is closed to Christians and, now, libertarians accused Ed Martin of minding the gate?"
1/5/13, "New chair set to take over Missouri's Republican Party," KTVO News, Columbia, Missouri
"The Republicans State Committee voted 34-32 to elect Ed Martin as the new state party chairman Saturday."...
Comment: Former Senator John Danforth helps “his” party by ensuring it remains non-functional. He attacks Republicans and conservative Christians (“I’m counting on nausea.”) in such venues as the NY Times, the Washington Post, a radio broadcast, and even a 2006 book timed to negatively effect Republicans (p. 5) in the midterm elections.
Following is a partial Danforth chronology:
- 12/27/76-1/5/95, John Danforth, US Senator from Missouri for 3 terms,18 years
- 7/04-1/05, UN Ambassador, submitted resignation after 5 months
- 6/11/2004, Washington Post, “He (Danforth) loved working with democrats.” (parag. 16)
- 3/30/2005-NY Times: Danforth op-ed, GOP has become “political arm of conservative Christians”
- 3/30/2005, Daily Kos: “Republican John Danforth Condemns (Republican) Party in NYT Op-Ed Piece”
- 6/17/2005, NY Times: Danforth op-ed, Sees connection between “increased activism of the Christian right, especially in the Republican Party, and the collapse of bipartisan collegiality.”
- 2/1/2006, Washington Post: Danforth says “the Republican right is a divisive force in the party and the nation.“ “St. Jack and the Bullies in the Pulpit,”
- 2/1/2006, “Danforth style GOP can forgive anything except success.” “When Danforth took office in 1977, there were 143 Republicans in the House and 38 in the Senate, compared with 232 in the House and 55 in the Senate last year (2003).” (“St. Jack and the Bullies in the Pulpit,” Washington Post, p. 4)
- 2/1/2006, Danforth publishes book timed for 2006 election criticizing GOP and Christian right (Wash. Post, p. 5, end of article). Danforth got his wish. In November 2006, six Democrats beat Republican incumbents giving Democrats control of both the House and Senate. (They deserved to lose for many reasons, none of them Christianity.)
- 2/1/2008, Danforth named honorary chairman of McCain Missouri campaign
- 5/11/2009, KY3 Political Notebook: Danforth publicly rebukes elected Missouri Republicans and candidates, proposes his own candidate for US Senate from Mo.
- 11/27/10, NY Times: Danforth says GOP “has gone overboard and is beyond redemption.” This bitter outburst right after the historic Nov. 2010 Tea Party landslide gives credence to the claim, “Danforth style GOP can forgive anything except success.” (p. 4)
- 11/27/10, Think Progress notes Danforth’s NY Times comments about the GOP :beyond redemption” (The left appreciates Danforth’s help.)
- 12/1/11, Think Progress notes Danforth on KTRS radio, 11/30/13, where he says the “GOP Presidential Field Is ‘Embarrassing’.” Probably true but if you want to help you do so behind the scenes. Danforth just makes things worse, damages the GOP brand, and hastens the demise of the two party system.
- 12/2/11, Daily Kos notes Danforth KTRS interview criticizing GOP presidential candidates and audiences at debates
- 3/12/12, “Stalwart Missouri GOPers want auditor Schweich to run for U.S. Senate,“ Kansas City Star, Steve Kraske. “Besides Danforth, 17 others signed the letter, including Sam Fox, one of the most prolific fund-raisers in the state; Bert Walker, the first cousin of the first President Bush; former Missouri GOP chair Tom Fowler; major GOP donor David Humphreys, and Annie Presley of Kansas City, former deputy finance chair of Bush for President.…Danforth can say what he wants. But the letter’s message is clear: The current field is weak.…“There is no doubt that you are the candidate best qualified to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate,” the letter said of Schweich….Like so much involving the GOP these days, a golden opportunity appears to be getting gummed up.”
- 3/12/12 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Danforth sabotage: 5 months before Missouri GOP primary Danforth and power brokers including George Bush #1 cousin Bert Walker say Missouri Senate primary field is too weak and a fourth candidate of their choosing should enter the race.
- 3/12/12, GOP US Senate candidate Congressman Todd Akin responds to Danforth implication that declared GOP group is too weak: “This is absolutely untrue; the field is anything but weak. In fact, I would say it is too strong for many powerful people in the liberal wing of the Republican Party.”
- 3/20/12, “Auditor Tom Schweich to forgo Senate bid,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Some of Missouri’s leading Republicans, among them former Sen. John Danforth, had appealed to him this month apparently out of concern about potential weakness of Republicans vying to challenge McCaskill.”
- Danforth is a Senior Fellow at “Bipartisan Policy Center“
- Danforth is an heir to the Ralston-Purina fortune.
- 11/8/13, “The Sabotage Republicans,” By Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator